A GIANT triangle the size of 36 double-decker buses stacked on top of each other has appeared on a hillside overlooking Denbigh.

The massive structure in the shape of the Urdd logo has been set up ahead of the town hosting the National Eisteddfod later this month.

It’s an event two years in the making – it was originally due to come to Denbigh in 2020, but had to be postponed for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ‘triban’ was created by retired teachers Bryan Jones and Cledwyn Jones, and was built on land owned by Mario Kreft – chairman of Care Forum Wales – and his wife Gill.

Bryan Jones, former assistant headteacher at Ysgol y Creuddyn in Penrhyn Bay, and his son Rhydian marked out the site, with help from friend friend Cledwyn Jones, former technology teacher at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph, before the group used tractors, trailers and quad bikes to take 180 wooden pallets up onto the hillside.

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The Urdd Eisteddfod 2022: (L-R) Sian Eirian with Mr Urdd,  Mario Kreft, Bryan Jones, and Cledwyn Jones

Cledwyn Jones said: "The hillside is six miles from the town and four miles from the Eisteddfod Maes and the way it's seen differs from different places.

"Bryan placed hi-vis jackets at each corner and from my home in Denbigh I used a zoom lens to take photographs of the shape and see how they looked in perspective.

"Studying the photos carefully Bryan returned and made the shape taller and narrower and from the Maes and the town it looks reasonably triangular."

These have been used to mark out the numbers ‘2022' and have been painted.

Five large rolls of rope and more than 1,500 pegs were also used to secure everything in place.

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The symbol on the hillside

The finished shape measures 160 metres long and 60 metres wide, and can be seen clearly from the site where the Eisteddfod will be held.

Bryan Jones said it had originally been considered to paint the logo directly onto the hillside, but was concerned it would not have lasted very long.

"We decided to use the membrane type material used on the Eisteddfod Maes to place between grassland and the hardcore laid out to create temporary roadways,” he said.

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"It's quite an eco-friendly material and allows water to pass through.”

"Hopefully the hard work won't be spoilt by the weather. The last thing we want during the next few weeks are strong winds," he added.

Mr Kreft said: “We were delighted to oblige when the Urdd contacted us to ask if they could place the giant triban on the hillside, particularly as Gill and I live in Denbigh.

“The Urdd is a fantastic organisation and the National Eisteddfod has provided a cultural bedrock for generations of children and young people across Wales.

“I would like to pay tribute to Bryan, Cled and the team for volunteers for the fantastic job that they have done to put this event on the map.

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“The ethos of the Urdd chimes perfectly with our intergenerational work at Pendine where the arts provide a golden thread that runs through everything that we do, enriching the lives of our residents and staff alike.”

Director of the Urdd Eisteddfod and the Arts, Siân Eirian said: “The support we’ve had from local volunteers, communities and businesses has been fantastic.

“We are very grateful to Mario and Gill Kreft for allowing us to arrange a football-pitch-sized Urdd logo on his land, to Pendine Arts and Community Trust (PACT) for sponsoring the artwork, and to Bryan Jones and Cledwyn Jones for the incredible work of creating it – their masterpiece can be seen for miles!”

The National Eisteddfod will be held at Kilford Farm on the outskirts of Denbigh from Monday, May 30, to Friday, June 3. It has been funded by £527,000 from the Welsh Government, meaning entry will be free.

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